Courtney Love has told the LA Times she believes that Eddie Vedder would have been better equipped than Kurt Cobain to be the first famous Grunge singer.
She wishes “In Bloom” was Nevermind’s lead single over “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
“Life would have turned out simpler and better had I been heard,” she says. “I’m not really a fan of the idea that it all ‘could have’ been that different, but ‘In Bloom’ might have shifted things. He might have survived had somebody else [gone first]. Like Eddie Vedder, somebody who had good infrastructure.”
“We were in Salem, Ore., when Nevermind went to No. 1. He cried. I cried. We were really scared,” Love said. “He loved what Nevermind was. He licked his lips and was like ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa.’ But he hid it really well, so he’s attributed these saintly qualities. He possessed modesty, and he put forth this public virtue persona, and he was good at that. But he worked it. He worked it like Kate Moss works her cheekbones.”
Nevermind just celebrated its 30th anniversary, arguably the most iconic album of the Grunge era and 1990’s. Kurt Cobain tragically died by suicide in April 1994, just a few years into Nirvana’s commercial success.